This guide is aimed at participants (students) who wish to join a course hosted on DaDesktop.
DaDesktop is a cloud platform especially designed for IT training. It is aimed at IT instructors and learners where virtual desktops based on the revolutionary DaDesktop® technology is used. With these sessions, each participant has their own full online desktop where they can perform exercises with the oversight of the trainer.
Its three main parts are:
- Management Console -- a web UI for administration of the system, eg starting and stopping cloud desktops, etc.
- Training Room -- a shared space for remote desktop sharing, audio/video chat, lesson recording, etc.
- Remote Desktop -- a virtual machine (Windows or Linux); one machine per user.
If you want to join from your office or from your home you will need:
- Computer (PC or laptop) with reliable internet connection (min 10Mbit/s download and 1Mbit/s upload). Windows/Mac or Linux machines are supported.
- Chrome or Firefox web browser
- Good quality microphone or head-set (telephone is the last resort, though not recommended)
- A quiet place, free from external distractions and noise (a coffee shop will not do)
- Second monitor
- Switch off any VPN before joining the course
You may wish to try joining your course and check out using your DaDesktop virtual classroom before the course starts. If so, please note you will only be able to access the Desktop itself for 5 mins before the course start time.
Open the link sent to you by the coordinator (e.g., dd4t.dadesktop.com/da/join/xxxxx)
If you are a first time user, enter your details under "Create account", and click “Submit”.
If you already have an account, simply log in.
This will take you to the Management Console for your course.
Click the tab, "TRAINING ROOM".
Click the button, "Join Training Room". A dropdown list will appear.
Click the "Join" button next to the "Fastest" access point.
The Virtual Training Room will open in a new browser. A pop-up window will appear, prompting you to allow video and audio. Click "Allow".
The Training Room is split into two panes:
- Left pane -- contains a chat window, audio/video conferencing settings, users, etc.
- Right pane -- contains the remote desktops for trainer and participants.
To maximize your remote desktop, click the enlarge button on the bottom right-hand side of your remote desktop.
Using the new Clipboard function
In order to pass text ie web links, functions, etc from your own computer into the Virtual Machine, we use the 'Clipboard'.
When you connect to your Online Course or Stand-alone Desktop, a pop up similar to that shown here will appear. Click ‘Allow’. NB Images cannot be copied to the clipboard when using DaDesktop currently.
If you click the small clipboard icon on the right hand side of the address bar, you can change the clipboard settings for this site.
- On Windows VM Desktop, use clipboard copy and paste as usual from your PC, ie Windows or Linux
- On Linux VM Desktop, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V is used for copying and pasting (Right click ‘Paste’ option doesn’t appear)
- On a Mac host, copy as usual and press Shift + Ctrl + V, or mouse middle click, to paste.
For users of incompatible browsers, such as Firefox, Safari or IE, you can still use the original clipboard tool mentioned below.
In our testing, when using a Windows DaDesktop machine, the new clipboard worked flawlessly. We did however find a few small instances where the clipboard didn’t work fully.
- Pasting into a Pluma Linux terminal did not work, but this is fixed by using a different terminal ie xfce-terminal instead.
- sudo apt install xfce-terminal will install this
- Pasting into a LibreOffice document in a Linux VM did not work; pasting into a LibreOffice document in a Windows VM worked fine.
Please get in touch with us if you require further support when using this feature..
Original Clipboard (To be used only for incompatible browsers for new Clipboard, ie FireFox and IE.
- To copy text between your machine to the virtual DaDesktop machine, type or paste into the clipboard area at the bottom left of the screen.
- On the virtual machine, click the middle mouse button (or mouse wheel) to paste the contents of the clipboard to the desktop. This works for anywhere in DaDesktop where text can be entered. This assumes you are using the standard Linux DaDesktop virtual machine.
Mac users - Use Command c or ⌘ c (copy) Command v or ⌘ v (paste). Once pasted in dd4t clipboard, inside dd4t it becomes Control X, C and Control V to cut, copy and paste.
- If using the Windows virtual machine, right click to paste from the clipboard.
To resize the size of the clipboard area click the green and white arrow icon at the bottom left of the screen.
Using the mouse in a multi-user scenario
This feature has been introduced where the username of the person controlling the mouse follows the mouse cursor when more than one user are connecting to same desktop. This is especially useful for multi-user scenarios, and also training activities where different users may be taking control of the mouse at different times.
If more than one user is connected to the desktop their usernames are shown in the centre bottom part of the screen.
This feature can be enabled or disabled as you wish by clicking the ‘Info’ button in green at the bottom of the screen.